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Re: [!NEWS] The GNUtards Must Be Crazy

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [!NEWS] The GNUtards Must Be Crazy
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 12:12:43 +0100
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Rjack <> writes:

> Thufir Hawat wrote:
>> On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:55:58 -0400, Hyman Rosen wrote:
>>> Since no one is forced to use the GPL, the GPL cannot thrust
>>> anything upon anyone.
>> [...]
>>> It is extremely ill-suited to whiners who feel entitled to the
>>> work of others while denying those others the remuneration they
>>> want for their work, namely freedom for their users.
> The renumeration they demand is contractual control of other's
> exclusive copyrights -- which is clearly illegal.

Nonsense.  The copyright of others is retained by them when
redistributing modified GPLed software.  They have the non-exclusive
permission of creating and distributing without further negotiation a
work with combined copyrights when heeding particular terms.

There is a case where it makes sense talking about contractual control:
the FSF demands a copyright assignment for inclusion into some
FSF-distributed GNU software.  Those assignments are not automatic, but
require a written contract undersigned by both parties.  Again, this is
not "illegal" but rather standard legal practice.

> Only in Stallman's hypocritical land of GNU do people call attempts at
> lawbreaking "whining" while simultaneously complaining (whining) about
> monopolists like Microsoft and their licensing practices.
> The only thing worse than "whining" is hypocritical "whining" from
> GNU dittoheads.

You don't have a clue about legal matters obviously, but it appears that
you have lost a clue about what you intended to be talking about as

David Kastrup

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